Nurturing the Spirit
Inspiring the Mind
Multiple Generations Gather for a Great Kick-off Weekend
arding’s 40th birthday celebration began with great fun and fanfare during kickoff events on September 9 and 10. After a year’s worth of planning and generous contributions by numerous volunteers, more than 900 people attended the weekend events, including current students and their families, alumni and their families, Harding faculty and staff, supportive community members, and several really special guests. Weekend festivities began on Friday when Harding Spirit Day paid tribute to the school’s 40 years of educational excellence with a red,
white, and blue car decorating contest during morning hookup and a festive pep rally. Friday evening’s Alumni Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Henderson Theater offered highlights galore. The keynote speaker was Alan Williams, author of Teammates Matter: Fighting for Something Greater Than Self. Harding Head of School Ian Craig said that this walk-on basketball player at Wake Forest University delivered a perfect message about teamwork and collaboration. “Alan emphasized that our hall of famers are where they are today thanks to the help of many people,” said Craig. “His message reinforced that ‘teamwork’ is an emphasis throughout Harding’s program and culture.” continued on page 4
s The Harding General mascot cheered on the crowd at Saturday’s Spirit Game during the 40th birthday celebration at the Highway 70 athletic fields. s
From left: Jack Cahill, Webb Powell, Hudson Powell, and Micah Kimble. Middle school science teacher Ken Folger in the dunking tank.
CALENDAR November 5 November 7–10 November 22 November 24–26 December 4
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A Message from the Head of School
Student Council Officers 2011–12
orty years ago our seven founders had a vision for an independent school that was never more apparent than at the 40th celebration weekend in September. Our Hall of Fame inductions kicked off the celebration with recipients representing each decade. From Bobby Frist ’81, who is president of Healthways and now has three children in the school, to Michael Bass ’96, who served two combat tours and trained Marine Corps officers, to recent college graduate Chris Cahill ’03, who led his Gettysburg College lacrosse team to the national championship game, all three inductees represented the very attributes that our founders intended the school to instill in its graduates. All three inductees model leadership, scholarship, and hard work in very different, but very palpable ways, and demonstrate what a Harding alum can accomplish when developing a path and pursuing it with passion. The next morning brought a spectacular fall day with over 750 visitors and countless volunteers at our highway 70 athletic complex. While the football team warmed up, the cheerleaders painted faces and applied Harding tattoos to willing past parents and grandparents, current parents, students, and myriad alumni who returned for the big day. The youngest guests took advantage of the bounce houses, while many of our alumni and parents enjoyed the entertainment provided by teachers Ken Folger and Jay Taylor and their band (once Mr. Folger emerged from the dunk tank, of course). A cookout for all was provided and camaraderie abounded. It was incredibly uplifting to see our alums take in the scene, and watch them realize just how far we have come as a school. To talk to the founders in attendance, who put their heart and soul (and much of their finances!) into a vision for a school, was the most rewarding part of the weekend for me. To realize that this little school that began in a rented church would some day host hundreds of visitors for a 40th birthday celebration, on what is now one of three campus properties, was nothing short of inspiring. There were several aspects of school life that have not changed, however. The spirit of volunteerism that began the school was never more apparent than in the celebration itself. The planning for the event began nearly a year ago with a strong committee of dedicated volunteers, and culminated in the actual weekend events that teachers, past parents, alumni, and current parents dedicated their time to pulling off. While it was a beautiful opportunity to pause and reflect on all that we have accomplished, it is also a terrific time to think about the next 40 years, which will, I predict, be just as exciting and eventful as the last!
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Parking Relief at Harding Academy With the development of the old Nashville Humane Shelter property on Harding Place, 60 parking spaces have been added to the approximately one-acre site, bringing the total of on-campus spaces to 136. This allows for more visitor parking in the front of the school during the school day, as well as additional parking for after-school events. The effect was immediate as evidenced on orientation day when very few vehicles had to park in the Belle Meade Links neighborhood. Project planning began well over a year ago, with construction beginning in early June. The lot was opened on August 12. Interesting features include: construction of “permeable” concrete, which allows water to seep through to the water table rather than running off into the creek, and two bio-retention areas (rain gardens) that collect more of the water run-off and then filter it through specific plant materials, and the soil, before it goes into the ground. The landscaping should be completed by the end of October.—David Greenlee, director of facilities
Technology UPDATE—Summer 2011
• Completed transition to Google Docs for students grades 3 through 8. Google Docs allows for online, realtime collaboration and storage that has eliminated the need to maintain Microsoft Office licenses, and allowed for the elimination of a file server. Google Docs is free.
Ian Craig Head of School
Editors: Deb Anderson Faulkner and Leslie Virostek Contributors: Fran Scott and Leslie Virostek Photography: Steve Lowry and Kimberly Manz Design: Tracy Alia
From left, Secretary Riley McCormick ’13, President Corinne Brooks ’12, Vice President Holden Craig ’12, and Treasurer Addison Smith ’13
Representatives for the year are as follows: Eighth Grade AJ Beard Ethan Long Sam Wheeler Seventh Grade Anna Caroline Barker Clem Smith Bailey Van Meter Sixth Grade Ty Allen Franklin McKenzie Belle Storms
Web address: www.hardingacademy.org For information or submissions contact: Deb Anderson Faulkner, 615-356-5510 x282
• Upgraded bandwidth from 6 Mbps to 20 Mbps for only $1,200 per year. • Added an additional laptop cart in fifth grade for a total of seven laptop labs of 20, and three laptop labs of nine. • Introduced two eBooks in seventh grade with plans for more text books across more grade levels. • Deployed an iPod Touch cart of 20 to kindergarten. • Deployed a new firewall security device to protect Harding's network.
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N e w Fa c e s Faculty/Staff Erin Anderson— Administrative Assistant to Head of School Erin Anderson holds an undergraduate degree from Wayne State College and an M.B.A. from Middle Tennessee State University. Most recently she headed the Department of Management and Adult Studies at Trevecca Nazarene University. She is married with two children. Christopher Chenery ’00— Middle School Latin A Harding Academy alum, Christopher majored in history and minored in Latin at The University of the South. He most recently taught Latin I and II at Harpeth Hall School, where he also coached lacrosse. In addition to teaching Latin and eighth grade history, Christopher will assist with football and boys lacrosse. Kristin Dixon— First Grade Kristin earned her B.S. in education at the University of Memphis. From there, as a resident of Memphis, she began teaching at Newberry Elementary School. She then moved on to teach kindergarten, and then third grade, at Kingsbury Elementary School. Kristin substitute taught at Harding during the 2010–2011 school year. She is a certified personal trainer and AFAA fitness instructor. Jacob Madden— Middle School Mathematics Jacob earned his undergraduate degree in mathematics at Belmont University, where he recently completed his master’s of education. He has taught high school honors algebra II and precalculus in addition to teaching algebra I to eighth graders. A collegiate swimmer, and experienced coach, Jacob will also have responsibility for the middle school swim team.
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Charles Maumus— Director of Finance and Operations With a B.A. from the University of Kentucky and an M.B.A. from the University of New Orleans, Charles was most recently at the University School of Nashville, where he served as director of operations. While there, he also filled the roles of assistant director of development and interim director of finance. Prior to being at USN, Charles worked at St. Martin’s Episcopal School in New Orleans as the accounts payable manager and then human resources manager before moving into the position of director of admission and financial aid.
Trustees Carey Aron is co-founder and vice president of The Pasta Shoppe, LLC, a specialty food manufacturing and marketing company. She and husband John have two boys attending Harding: Clarke, a seventh grader, and Alston, in the fourth grade. Matt Beuter has been practicing internal medicine at The Frist Clinic for fifteen years. He and wife Wendy have three children: Kate, Harding class of 2009,
Betsy, currently in the sixth grade, and Meg, a fourth grader. Dr. Beuter has enjoyed his eleven years as a Harding parent and looks forward to serving on the school’s board of trustees. Meredith Hollomon graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.A. in economics. She has served in many capacities on the Harding Auxiliary Board and is the current president. She and husband Jay have two children at Harding: Grant, a fifth grader, and Lindsey, a third grader. Meredith enjoys playing tennis, and spending time with her family. Brett Sweet is the vice chancellor for finance and chief financial officer at Vanderbilt University. He and wife Meredythe have one child at Harding: Avery, a fifth grader. Mickey Long is a partner of the Obolensky & Long Wealth Management team at UBS Financial Services, Inc. He and wife Dana have three children at Harding: Ethan currently in the eighth grade, Jackson, sixth grade, and Isabel, a fourth grader. Mickey is currently serving the board on both the Investment, and Building and Development Committees.
The 2011–2012 House Captains are from left, first row: Harry Ossolinski, Alex Stevens, and Harrison Kaminsky. Second row: Davis Cavallo, David Wise, Will Beasley, Clarke Allen. Third row: Caroline Hollahan, Katie McGuire, Mary Winston Reames, Marie DeWitt, and Laura Draughn. They are all in the eighth grade.
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Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees Robert A. Frist, Jr., ’81 is chairman, president, and chief executive officer of HealthStream, Inc., a health care technology company that provides online education, training, and research services to healthcare providers. Bobby is well known for his leadership and contributions throughout the Nashville community and was awarded the Smithsonian’s Computerworld Medallion in recognition of achievement to use technology to empower and advance society. “Harding Academy played an important role in my education, setting the foundation for my academic growth and building character in the process. I am, therefore, honored to be inducted in the Alumni Hall of Fame for an organization where I hold many happy memories. Harding Academy’s high standards of excellence have benefitted me through the years, as I am sure they will for my daughters who are now students at Harding.”
Christopher D. Cahill, ’03, who served as captain of the 2010–2011 men’s lacrosse team at Gettysburg College, was a starting midfielder for the 2009 National Championship Team, and played on the 2010 All-Centennial Conference Team. His lacrosse honors at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville were also numerous, including two-time All American. “To be mentioned in the same breath as Bobby Frist and Michael Bass was a true honor.” Bobby Frist ’81 with wife Melissa and their children, from left Ellie (grade 4), Carly (kindergarten), Cate (grade 2), and four-year-old Evie.
Michael Bass, ’96 served two tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan with the United States Marine Corps. Michael was also assigned to Officer Candidates School in Virginia to train, screen, and evaluate candidates for leadership potential. “I cannot tell you how honored and humbled I am to be included in such a Michael Bass ’96 (center back row), his cousin Ed fine group with such amazing people. Chieders ’84 (to his right) with family members The experience alone of getting to including sister Christine Bass ’98 (seated far right) come back and reconnect with Harding friends and faculty was great enough. During our deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, the Harding Academy faculty, staff, and students kept my Marines and me going with packages and letters through some pretty difficult times. This was just a small testimony of how strong and caring the Harding Academy community is and how the relationship extends beyond graduation. I am humbled to receive such an honor and only felt like I was doing my job.” continued from page 1
Three additional special guests who attended Friday night’s ceremony were Harding Academy Founders Lyt Anderson, Ward DeWitt, and Herbert Stuart. Harding Director of Advancement Margaret Hubbard said speaking with these Founders was a unique treat. “Forty years ago, they had a vision and it became reality with each Board and each head of school who kept 2 Harding HardingAcademy Academy 4
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building Harding into the place of excellence it is today,” Hubbard said. The 40th birthday celebration continued Saturday at Harding’s Highway 70 Athletic Fields with football, food, face painting, and numerous other activities for Harding students, alumni, and families of all decades. “It was great to see the inter-generational engagement,” said Margaret Hubbard. “You
Chris Cahill ’03 (second from left) with parents Doug and Terre, sister Paige ’05, and brother Jack (grade 5)
felt like you were watching Harding’s history in real time. Harding provides rigorous education and an excellent foundation for life, and you could see during our weekend events that the memories and relationships people formed here were just as important as the quality of their education.” Saturday night an alumni mix and mingle was held in Harding’s Schwartz Center, and Monday morning’s school assembly also paid tribute when Ian Craig read a synopsis of the school’s history. “I want students to realize the sacrifices that people made to get this school going in the first place, how far we have come, and how many great things are on the horizon,” Craig explained. w w w. h a r d i n g a c a d e m y. o r g
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Faculty Profile Hall of Fame keynote speaker Alan Williams
Founders from left, Herbert Stuart, Lyt Anderson, and Ward DeWitt
t’s a fact: many kids today her experience was primarily at the consider history to be a high school level. Now she notes, “boring” subject. Middle “I could not imagine going school history teacher Leslie anywhere else. Middle school Embry believes better, more students are so fun to teach. They interesting teaching can change are still willing to dress up for that perspective. That’s why her projects, and they aren’t scared to students explore history in a go out on a limb in class.” Education: variety of ways: by discussing Leslie loves coaching middle B.A. in history, teacher’s certification in history for current events, studying schoolers, too. At Harding she grades 7–12, and a congeography, conducting coaches girls lacrosse, soccer, and centration in modern interviews, writing journal cheerleading. She says, “I get very European history, University entries, watching videos, doing invested in my teams, and though of the South-Sewanee, projects, and more. “History it will probably give me gray hair 2000 should be the most exciting class earlier, it makes coming back every EXPERIENCE: that they take!” she says. “I really year worth it.” History teacher, soccer and love the subject and can’t believe cheerleading coach, When she is not teaching, that I get paid to talk about it coaching, or correcting papers, Darlington School, Rome, every day.” Leslie can be found trying to keep GA, 2000–2002; history teacher, soccer, cheerleadLeslie’s love of history began up with her three-year-old son, ing, and lacrosse coach, with her own education, Chase, and spending time with Harding Acdemy particularly with her “brilliant husband Jason and three stepsons. 2002–present. and motivating” 10th grade While making history enjoyable history teacher, Mr. Hiatt (at St. Catherine’s and interesting to students is definitely a goal, Richmond, Virginia), and a history professor Leslie hopes her impact goes beyond the at Sewanee, Dr. Goldberg, who inspired her to classroom experience. “In a perfect world, my think about teaching for a career. She says, “If students would want to talk with their parents I can be half the teacher that they were to me, about what they learned in history class when I will feel like a success.” they get home,” she says. When they graduate It was 2002, when Leslie first came to from Harding, she hopes they’ll take with Harding, hired to teach middle schoolers by them “a love of history and fond memories of then-Head of School Don Schwartz, though their time in one of my classes.” ■
2011–2012 Distinguished Alumni Award Nomination
T 40th Celebration chairs David Baulch ’76 and Jennifer Mathews Smith ’74
he Harding community is invited to nominate an individual for Harding Academy’s annual Distinguished Alumni Award, which is presented at graduation. To be considered, the candidate should meet the following criteria:
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Harding’s 40th birthday celebration will continue throughout the school year with ongoing activities, events, speakers, and the integration of historical trivia into classroom study and assemblies. A giant birthday card signed by the Harding community will help to archive this 40th year in the school’s history. If you stop by the school, be sure to add your birthday greeting to the card. Happy Birthday, Harding! ■ 2 wHarding w w. h a rAcademy d i n g a c a d e m y. o r g
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� Is a graduate who embodies the ideals set forth in the Harding Academy mission statement: “to educate and inspire children to become thoughtful, creative, lifelong learners who are self-disciplined, responsible, caring citizens.” � Makes a difference in society through community involvement, professional achievements, or educational advancements.
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Area of achievement: ______________________________________________________________ Your name: _________________________________________________ Class year: ____________ Address: ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ Daytime phone: ____________________ Email: ________________________________________ Nominations should be submitted by March 9, 2012. Send the completed form to Margaret Hubbard, Director of Advancement and Alumni Relations, Harding Academy, 170 Windsor Drive, Nashville, TN 37205 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Ashley Weigel Henry and her mother, Patsy Weigel, co-chaired the kick-off to the 2011 Tennesee Performing Arts Center Gala, Fest de Ville on June 29.
Dave Alexander married his Harding kindergarten buddy Tori Tucker ’99 in a New Year’s ceremony with a reception at Belle Meade Plantation. His brother Cal Alexander ’97, served as best man; the bride’s brother, Will Tucker ’96, served as groomsman. Her sister, Alex Tucker ’04, was maid of honor. The couple resides in Nashville. Kate Tarleton Meriwether, along with husband Jonathan and big sister Gracie, welcomed Jameson Morrow on June 1. He weighed 9 pounds, 2.3 oz., and measured 19 inches.
Vanessa Falk has been announced as a provisional member of the Junior League of Nashville, along with Ellen Hammer ’01. Elliott Kyle and wife Christine welcomed son, James Keely Kyle, on September 19. He weighed 6 lbs., 14 oz., and measured 18 inches.
Ann Stewart Banker married Bradford Pendergrass on July 9, at West End United Methodist Church, with a reception following at Belle Meade Country Club. Julie Cato Marshall was matron of honor; bridesmaids included Carey Floyd McDonald, Paige Roady, and Amy Scruggs, with Sutton Lipman serving as a greeter. Groomsmen included her brothers P.G. Banker ’95 and James Banker ’02.
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After a honeymoon in Bali, Indonesia, the couple resides in New York City. Julie Cato married Jordan Marshall on April 16, at War Memorial Auditorium. Her wedding party included Ann Stewart Banker Pendergrass, Amy Scruggs, Mimi Mayo, Carey Floyd McDonald, Elizabeth Ramsey Hines, Sutton Lipman, Meredith Mallard Thompson ’94, and Harding first grader Lilly Rauth. Elizabeth Ramsey and Mike Hines were married on May 21, at Woodmont Christian Church, with a reception following at Loveless Barn. Bridesmaids included Julie Cato Marshall and Mary Ramsey ’00. The couple resides in Boston. One-year-old Margaret Greathouse, daughter of Will and Amy Warner Greathouse ’98, enjoys a sunny day at the beach in her Harding Generals t-shirt.
Lyndsey Johnson married Clark Rollins on April 30, at Woodmont Christian Church, with a reception following at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. Maggie Waltemath served as a bridesmaid, and Meredith Keltner served as a reader. Tori Tucker Alexander recently chaired the inaugural Project Funway event, a benefit fashion show and luncheon for FiftyForward, a leading nonprofit resource for local senior citizens.
Cameron Sweeting is working as a real estate agent for Pilkerton Realty in Green Hills, as well as an account executive for Delk Products, Inc.
Jason Brace married Christie Reed on Saturday, July 30, at First Lutheran Church with a reception at Cedarwood. George Parrish served as best man, Bo Rainey as a groomsman, and Austin DeMoss as the lesson reader. Current seventh grader Emily Myers was in the wedding party as well. The couple took a honeymoon trip to Hawaii.
Adam Baker, as a senior tennis player at Vanderbilt University in the spring, was named to the 2011 All-SEC Second Team, finishing a strong season with singles wins in five of his last seven matches. In doubles, he combined for a 14-9 record, including victory over the 9th ranked team in the SEC.
Worth Baker has returned from a semester abroad studying the Swahili culture and Islamic influence in the region of coastal Kenya. He is a senior at Middlebury College, where he is majoring in international studies with a focus on Africa and political science. Elizabeth Belk is studying early childhood education at Southern Methodist University, and serving as vice president of communications for Pi Beta Phi sorority. Duke DeLoache is majoring in math at Davidson College, where he also sings in an a cappella group called Androgyny. Brandon Hays is in the pre-medical program at Clemson, where he is majoring in health science and is a member of two health education/premedical honor societies—Eta Sigma Gamma and Alpha Epsilon Delta. He also plays club ultimate frisbee. Wilson Krugman, a University of Tennessee senior, was selected out of hundreds of college students to be an intern to help children receiving services from Youth Villages, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children with behavioral issues. Emily Manning is a senior at Wake Forest University majoring in Chinese language and culture with minors in global trade and commerce and political science. She is writing her thesis in Chinese on the globalizing effect of the Beijing Olympic Games. She serves as
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the philanthropy chair for Chi Omega fraternity, publicity chair for the Volunteer Service Corps, and a member of Reformed University Fellowship. She also teaches a special-needs Sunday school class for her local church and is a group fitness instructor of yoga and pilates at the on-campus workout center. Katie Tygard is attending an October conference/trade show in Las Vegas called IMEX with one of her professors to further her skills in the event management industry, her course of study at the University of Alabama.
Kathleen Diehl spent a semester abroad in New Zealand. Anna Kate Dunn has released her first CD titled Fly Away and had a release party at 3rd & Lindsley on September 15. Her brother’s band, Innocent Flannel, played with her. Kara Earthman is a third-year nursing student at the University of Virginia. Meredith Lawrence is a junior at Sewanee majoring in English, minoring in music and business, and playing on the tennis team. She serves on the executive board of the Women’s Center, a designated “safe spot” on campus where pagers are available to students who need support or medical attention if they have been sexually assaulted, and is in charge of events promoting gender equality. She leads discussions about gender relations. Brittany Murrell is a Quest Scholar majoring in sociology at Yale University where she is a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority, and acts as the community outreach coordinator for the Groove Dance Company. She is also the vice president of the Yale Black Women’s Coalition, vice president of the Black Solidarity Conference, and a tutor with the Urban Improvement Corporation.
Anna Crawford is playing club lacrosse for Samford University, Burmingham, Ala., where she is majoring in nursing. Kathryn Davis received freshman acceptance in Auburn University’s interior design program, ranked fourth in the nation. She is a member of Phi Mu sorority, member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and is a member of the University Program Council.
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Olivia Drinkwater is a colonizing member of the Delta Gamma sorority at the University of Alabama, where she is majoring in elementary education. Benjamin Rhett received the “Legacy of Hope” scholarship from Brentwood Academy, and also received the Jazz Award at their awards ceremony.
William Reames has been selected to study abroad in Rome through an international exchange program where he will stay with a host family and travel into various areas of the country, as well as formally study the language. He also, along with Will Logan, played at the 26th Annual Fall Fest at Belle Meade Plantation with their band Boy Named Banjo.
Jack Bond is serving on Mayor Karl Dean’s Mayor’s Youth Council, which is composed of 32 high school juniors and seniors from public and private schools all over the city selected to represent the geographical, racial, and ethnic diversity of Metropolitan Nashville.
Andrew Karpos won single points as a player on the Montgomery Bell Academy tennis team that won the State Championship. He also was selected to study abroad in China through an international exchange program where he will stay with a host family and travel into various areas of the country, as well as formally study the language.
JoHelen Baulch is a basketball cheerleader for Brentwood Academy. Allen Huggins ’94 is the new alumni board president, taking the position from Elliott Kyle ’95. Three new members added this year are: Kristin Stegall Locke ’92, Jamie Kever ’00, and Mary Ramsey ’00. Rolling off the board were: Andrew Hall ’77 and Noni Nielsen ’89 who completed their terms.
Are You a WeatherBug? Look! Up in the sky! Above the first grade classrooms! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a WeatherBug station! In late August 2011, Harding installed a state-of-the-art weather station to monitor the weather on campus and provide our student body and school community with an invaluable resource: live, localized, weather data. Being part of the WeatherBug network means that the Harding community is now plugged into the world’s largest weather monitoring system. In addition to over 8,000 proprietary stations located at schools, museums, and universities across the country, WeatherBug also integrates weather data from sources like the National Weather Service, the World Meteorological Organization, and from over 35,000 locations around the world. From math and science to geography and history, WeatherBug’s award-winning online curriculum (Achieve), is being used by thousands of schools across the country to improve test scores and challenge their students with the latest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) learning. Harding’s new weather station also feeds live data to our television partner, local NBC affiliate WSMVTV, where several times a day, data from our monitoring station is broadcast during televised weather segments. Live weather station data is also available on a flatscreen monitor in the lower school Discovery Lab, online, and on any smartphone by downloading the WeatherBug app. From leading edge science and technology lessons and advanced warning capabilities to weather monitoring before and during athletic events, the new weather station has become a popular tool both on and off campus. Log in to CompassNet for more information and a link to the Harding weather station.—Brent Holden, lower school science teacher
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Local Theater An Actress Has A Dream Come True
nn-Houston Campbell ’10 has been interested in theater all her life. She says, “When I was young my time was filled with watching Cats, White Christmas, and Singing in the Rain.” Then in 2003 she discovered Act Too Players, a children’s theater program located in Franklin, Tenn. “Once I finished my first practice for the play Alice in Wonderland, I was hooked,” says Campbell. To date she has participated in 28 plays. The Act Too Players perform their shows at the Boiler Room Theatre, a professional theater located at The Factory in Franklin. The Act Too studio and the Boiler Room Theatre became AnnHouston’s second home. Instructors and other students became what she describes as a second family. “When I came to Harding Academy, I was so excited to participate in the theater program,” said Ann-Houston. “I quickly made
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long-lasting friends. At Harding I was able to take new leadership roles in theater. I was part of the stage crew, and then I was assistant director for The Music Man. I was co-choreographer for Harding’s production of Cats.” While juggling all of her Harding theater commitments, not to mention academics, Ann-Houston was still participating in Act Too shows. In addition to acting, she has had important leadership roles at Act Too. She has been assisting the director and stage manager for the shows for the past five years. This past year she auditioned and was cast in her first main stage Boiler Room Theatre professional play, Annie Get Your Gun. “This was a dream come true!” she says of the experience. Ann-Houston landed two roles in a professional production of Annie Get Your Gun. In one cast, she played Annie Oakley’s little sister Jessie. In another she was a featured ballroom dancer (pictured). For more information on Act Too plays and programs, visit acttooplayers.com. Information for Boiler Room productions can be found at boilerroomtheatre.com.
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